we had a situation where a catastrophic server failure occurred. The original server was an over taxed sbs 2003. It turned out that backups werent very good, resulting in some outside contracted support to get a bandaid in place for access to email and the domain. Details aside, we have a very cobbles sbs2003 running in an unstable environment. The server cannot be restarted because of the standing issues.
The client has agreed to migrating to hosted exchange an a non SBS 2008/2012 domain. If it comes down to it a full domain rebuild is an option, though not preferred.
Is there a semi clean way of pulling AD from the sbs 2003 over to the server 2008, that at no point will require a reboot of the sbs?
Very little is actually needed, the domain name cannot change, user accounts and machine accounts are pretty much all that we are required to migrate. the file permissions, printer shares, etc were already hosed, and those would both have been restructured anyway.
The actual file shares have moved and were remapped (there are all kinds of sync issues from the clients on their user documents, but that can be cleaned up)
The primary goal is to be able to break out of SBS, keep the machines and user accounts authenticating to the domain without having to reset the password or recreate the user accounts or exit and rejoin the domain.
They currently have login scripts mapping network shares to drives, but that should be going away anyway.
The environment ultimately will consists of a domain controller, a secondary domain controller, and one or two application servers, the secondary domain controller may be one of the application servers due to budget restraints on the project.
One of the application servers will house two applications and server no ther purpose beyond the required shares for those applications.
the second application server will house symantec, WSUS, the primary file shares, print shares, and as stated before may also be the secondary domain controller.
the disaster recover process to get to a cobbled state required that many of the services normally running not be running, exchange is limited to local clients, no imap, pop, owa access (its technically not the native version of exchange)
Migrating the email is a different thread all together
Is there a fairly straight forward way to do this from sbs2003 to server 2008?